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Are Personal Health Records the Right Path?
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

Given the emphasis on personal health records in the "meaningful use" recommendations by the HIT Policy Committee, it seems that PHRs are here to stay, which I, for one, believe is a good thing. However, not everyone is convinced that PHRs are the right path for healthcare to take. [Read More]
 
August 25, 2009  
 
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U.S. to dole out $1.2 billion for health records technology
The first-wave of funding under the $36 billion stimulus package was unveiled last week. The Obama administration will dole out $1.2 billion in federal grants to help doctors and hospitals adopt electronic health records and develop the networks that will link them all together. Vice President Joe Biden announced that about half the grant money would help establish 70 technology-extension centers and the remainder would be used for state initiatives aimed at creating or expanding health information exchanges. [Read More]

HHS Puts More Teeth Into HIPAA Regulations
Here's a nice summary by my colleague Dom Nicastro on the Department of Health and Human Services' interim final rule on breach notification and the acceptable methods for covered entities and business associates to encrypt and destroy patient records to prevent breaches of protected health information. For example, HHS added encryption layers to specify the technologies and methods that render PHI unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable. [Read More]

Ten steps to better healthcare
Atul Gawande, Donald Berwick, Elliott Fisher, and Mark McClellan pulled lessons from 10 regions—out of 74—that boast per capita Medicare costs that are low or markedly declining in rank and where federal quality measures are above average for this New York Times commentary. One of the lessons learned came from physicians and hospital leaders in Cedar Rapids, IA, where they adopted electronic systems to improve communication among physicians after they determined that 52,000 CAT scans were ordered for a community of 300,000 people in just one year. Cedar Rapid's rate of CAT scans was actually better than the national average, which is about 62 million CAT scans for 300 million people annually. [Read More]
 
Tech Headlines
Latest Meaningful Use Matrix Reinforces HIPAA Compliance, CPOE
Lisa Eramo, for HealthLeaders Media - August 20, 2009

3M releases stethoscope with Bluetooth capability
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal - August 19, 2009

Caritas set to sell part of lab work
The Boston Globe - August 18, 2009

Blumenthal: States are 'ground zero' for heath info exchange
Government Health IT - August 18, 2009
 
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